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Sony's back, and it returns with aplomb. The company has brought us an entire Xperia Z5 family of smartphones ranging from the Xperia Z5 Compact for small pockets to the 5.5-inch Xperia Z5 Premium with the industry's first 4K display in a production smartphone.


ZTE's Axon brand already launched in China and the US and by the end of the month it will set off for the rest of the world with the ZTE Axon Elite leading the way. The initial rollout will concentrate on Europe and will go through eBay. Starting September 24 the phone will be available in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK for €420 and £300 respectively. Soon after that ZTE will open up a more traditional retail channel in partnership with MediaMarkt retail chain in Germany. Brick-and-mortar availability will expand to Spain and France later on. ZTE Axon Elite Going forward, the ZTE Axon Elite will add more stamps to its visa: Turkey, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Russia and the Philippines. We don't have prices yet, but they should follow local conversion rates and taxes. The highlights of the Axon Elite include a dual-camera setup (13MP for photos + 2MP for depth effects), three-fold biometric security (fingerprint, voice and eye scanning), 5.5" 1080p screen and Snapdragon 810 chipset. Note that this is different from the Axon Pro that's sold in the US and which we've reviewed recently. The major differences are the Pro model has a QHD screen, but lacks the biometric authentication...


T-Mobile has launched a new feature that lets you make video calls from within your smartphone's dialer, similar to the way you make normal phone calls. Dubbed Video Calling, the feature doesn't require you to download and install additional apps, the company said. "On devices with T-Mobile Video Calling, small camera icons appear next to contacts with devices able to receive video calls," said Neville Ray, T-Mobile's CTO, in a blog post. "If the person you're calling can't take video calls, the video call icon is greyed out." Currently, the feature only works for T-Mobile users, i.e. for calls made within the magenta carrier's network. However, Ray said they're working working with others to make it available across wireless networks. Supported handsets include Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6, and Galaxy S6 edge. The first two already have the feature available through simple software updates, while the latter two will get it next week. Users of these devices can install the update by heading to Settings -> About Device -> Software Update. Three more devices will be added to the list by the end of the year, Ray...


Mozilla has announced that it has started rolling out the first public preview version of Firefox for iOS in New Zealand. The company said that the aim behind the move is to collect feedback, which in turn will help it create a better browsing experience. The version that is rolling out contains several features, including Intelligent Search, which provides suggested search results and option to choose search providers. There's also a Firefox Accounts feature, which helps you transfer your Firefox browser history, passwords, and tabs from your desktop to your iOS devices, as well as a Visual Tabs feature that lets you keep track of your open tabs. The preview version will be rolled out in few more countries, Mozilla said, adding that the app will be available in the App Store sometime later this...


Sony is now rolling out the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop update to another of its devices, but this time it's not a member of the Xperia Z line of current and former flagships. Today the newest version of Google's mobile operating system is hitting the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual, which is the dual-SIM version of the Xperia T2 Ultra from last year. There's no word yet on when the same software release should reach the single-SIM iteration of the same model, but it's clearly due to happen soon. In the meantime, if you own the T2 Ultra Dual, expect to see an update notification popping up any day now. After you've gone through the necessary steps and installed the new bits, you'll be on build number 19.4.A.0.182. Android 5.1 is mainly a bug-fixing release, and with this rollout Sony is thankfully also patching the much-discussed Stagefright vulnerability, so it won't affect the Xperia T2 Ultra Dual after the update is up and...


Samsung's already announced the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic smartwatches on Monday, but today the company held a special event at IFA in Berlin just for them. The new wearables are clearly the most attractive ones the Korean company has ever produced, and they're also its first to sport a round touchscreen. If you like what you've seen so far about the Gear S2 and S2 Classic (perhaps by having taken a look at our hands-on report), then you might be wondering how much they will cost. The answer is that neither will be cheap. The company seems to think that their new features (such as the rotating bezel) along with its Tizen-based watch UI are worth quite a sum. In Europe it's expected that the Gear S2 will be priced at €349, while the Gear S2 Classic will go for €399. These pricing levels have only been confirmed for Finland thus far, but we see no reason for them to differ in other Eurozone countries. As for the US, given what usually goes on in the mobile world when it comes to converting prices from one currency to another, we expect to see the Gear S2 selling for $349, with the Gear S2 Classic having the asking price of $399. Obviously the 3G-capable version of the S2 should be more expensive than either of these, but just how much more so isn't known yet. The Gear S2 and S2 Classic are supposed to become available worldwide sometime in October. Source |...


It looks like Micromax-backed Indian smartphone brand YU is now ready to launch its next device. It's still unclear what it will call the handset that will be next in line following the Yureka, Yureka Plus, and Yuphoria. But what is clear is that the company has scheduled an event for September 8, and it's now sending out press invites for it. On that occasion, we're told we'll see the future meeting the past, in order for "the next wonder" to be unveiled. Could this hint that the device in question will be named Wonder? Maybe, maybe not. Anyway, no other details are apparent from the invite itself and we haven't seen any recent leaks of YU smartphones, so this one is still very much a mystery. What we do know is that the new product will be offered via Snapdeal, probably through an exclusive-type...


Last month we heard a rather outlandish claim - that Samsung is working on bringing to market a tablet with a whopping 18.4-inch touchscreen. Not long after that, a new report seemingly confirmed the information. What's more, this also brought us a list of leaked specs for the gigantic device. And today Samsung itself may have confirmed its existence, while also revealing what it will be called. At the end of its press conference focused on the Gear S2, the Korean company outed a very short teaser for the Galaxy View tablet. No other details, aside from its looks and name, have been made public at this point. So we should probably expect those to come at some point in the (hopefully near) future. This type of teasing isn't actually new for Samsung - when it introduced the Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ in August the Gear S2 smartwatch got the same treatment. If what you see pictured above is in fact the rumored 18.4-inch tablet, then it should come with a 1080p touchscreen, a 64-bit Exynos 7580 chipset with 1.6 GHz octa-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2.1 MP front-facing unit, and a 5,700 mAh battery. It will run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop if we were to...


Xiaomi Mi 5 name popped up quite a few times throughout the last year and yet it is still under wraps. The most recent leak from AnTuTu's result database spilled the beans on the power of its chipset - suggesting either a new generation of Snapdragon 810 or 820, or perhaps the latest MediaTek Helio X20 with ten-core tri-cluster processor. Anyway the rest of the rumors united around a 5.3" Quad HD display, 4 gigs of RAM and a 16MP OIS camera. USB Type-C port completes the rumor roundup. Today, we got a supposedly leaked teaser image of the Xiaomi Mi 5. It reveals pretty much nothing but the possibility of a fingerprint scanner. We boosted the contrast a little bit, but we still got nothing from the Chinese text below. Hopefully the official announcement will happen...


At IFA 2015 Alcatel showed its sporty side with two Go devices - the OneTouch Go Play smartphone and the Go Watch smartwatch. Both brave the elements and can control a GoPro action cam. Tthere's also the Alcatel OneTouch Xess tablet, a whopping 17.3" device for the home. More specifically for the kitchen.


Barnes & Noble announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook slate with 8" Super AMOLED display. Long story short - it's a plain Tab S2 8.0 with some Nook goodies pre-installed. The slate offers an 8" Super AMOLED display with Quad HD resolution and is powered by an octa-core processor, courtesy of the Exynos 5433 SoC. It has an 8MP rear camera, 32GB expandable storage and a 4,000 mAh battery. The Nook flavor of the slate costs $399.99, but B&N members receive 10% discount. What you get with this Tab S2 Nook is three free books from a selection of 20 titles, three free magazines and $5 Nook credit. Naturally all necessary Nook software and services come pre-installed. If you thought of replacing your old high-end Nook tablet, the thin and lightweight Galaxy Tab S2 Nook seems like a very good successor for sure. Source |...


For quite a while now, LG has been rumored to be preparing a new flagship smartphone, one to launch in the latter half of this year. Recently some of the previously leaked details about it, such as having a premium metal build, have been refuted - but it looks like it's coming nevertheless. It could be called G4 Pro or G4 Note, depending on which rumor you're more inclined to believe. The handset may top the 'vanilla' G4 when it comes to specs. A new report from LG's native South Korea now tells us that this new LG model will be released on October 10. That date could only apply to that market, keep in mind. Apparently the timeline has been revealed at an LG briefing, by a company official no less. We don't get any rumored specs this time around. The device should have a removable battery, rear-mounted power and volume buttons, and may even sport a stylus. But few things have been conclusively uttered about this phone, so the G4 Pro or G4 Note is still very much a mystery at this point. Though if it will be out next month, expect to hear a lot more about it in the coming weeks. Source (in Korean) |...


Today Google updated the Android's Street View app and launched a standalone Street View app for the iOS. Both apps offer the same functionality and support adding your photo spheres around the globe. Now you can not only explore the world via street view and check out amazing places thanks to the photos spheres worldwide, but you can also contribute to the latter. Both Street View apps support uploading your spheres and sharing them in the world. Exploring the Street View collections is now very easy, with a very capable Search functionality. The uploading of spheres is easy too, and Google even added support for third-party connection with spherical cameras such as the Ricoh Theta S and NCTech iris360. The Theta S spherical camera was in fact unveiled today as well. The Street View app is replacing the Photo Sphere Camera app on iOS, while the Android version should be available for update in the Play Store, if it wasn't automatically updated already. Happy exploring! Source |...


We've already heard not once, but twice that September 29 is the date when Google will finally unveil its two Nexus smartphones for this year - a Huawei-made phablet and an LG offering that's meant to be the successor to the Nexus 5 from 2013. Up until now we've been calling this the Nexus 5 (2015), but a new rumor says that won't be its final name. Apparently Google could market it as the Nexus 5X. The caveat here is that the search giant reportedly hasn't made up its mind yet. That seems like a good idea, and certainly a better one than simply going for Nexus 5 (2nd gen) or Nexus 5 (2015). It reads better and it should lead to less confusion among prospective customers. The name isn't all that's been revealed today. One of the key mystery aspects about the 2015 Nexus phones has so far been the pricing, and now there's some light being shed onto that. According to a source that's said to be reliable, the Nexus 5X will be around $50 more expensive than its predecessor. This means that, if Google will stick with 16GB of storage for the base model, you should be able to grab one of those for $400. If a 32GB iteration comes out too, then that will probably cost $450. This will interestingly put the Nexus 5X in direct competition (in terms of price) with the Moto X Pure Edition, at least in the US. That also starts at $399, but its specs may be higher-end than what we'll see from the new Nexus. The 16GB OnePlus 2 is actually $70 cheaper than the Nexus 5X, but its dreaded invite system means your chances of actually buying one are pretty slim. The source of all this warns that the information isn't final, and things may change. He or she also mentions that the Nexus 5X will go on sale at Google's online store the day of the announcement, on September 29 that is. The image you can see above is also said to be an accurate representation of the device's looks. It will be offered in black, white, and light blue, it will come with a plastic build and a USB Type-C...


Skype launched a new 6.0 version of its app for Android and iOS. The updated app features a new optimized design for both operating systems among a plethora of new goodies. The Android app comes with Material-inspired design, introduces a new floating action button and improved search function. It also tweaks the messaging service, focusing on the unread messages. The iOS Skype also brings a new design - simpler and familiar. It should be now easier to make calls, share media, links and location. The iOS app also introduces the improved search. Both apps are available in the Play and App Stores. You can get them now if you have turned off your auto-update services. Source |...


Samsung's freshly announced Gear S2 smartwatch has piqued our interest ever since we caught a first glimpse of its circular display and sleek UI several months ago. The Tizen OS wearable device made made a brief cameo at the Samsung Galaxy Note5 launch event last month, followed by its official debut a couple of days ago.


This year Samsung couldn't wait until September for its customary IFA phablet announcement and the Galaxy Note5 got an early launch last month, joined by the Galaxy S6 edge+. Being a no-show at the expo was out of the question, though, and the Koreans kept the Gear S2 smartwatch to entertain the audience in Berlin, though it too was already made official a couple of days ago. The next-generation wearable will come in two variants - the plain, outdoorsy one dubbed simply Gear S2, and the more formally styled Gear S2 classic. Both of them circular and water resistant, the watches pack a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHZ dual-core processor and half a gig of RAM. The watch witnesses Samsung's continued adoption of its own Tizen OS, while competitors are all using Android Wear. Having an entire keynote focused on a single smartwatch (ok, technically two) sounds a bit dull so we won't be surprised to see another iteration of the Gear VR virtual reality headset. After all, the new Note5 lacks a companion in this respect. Plus, the VR Experience Zones set up around Berlin would make for nice headlines - "New Gear VR headset launched while users remotely explore Samsung's booth in VR". Beat that, OnePlus. You can watch the live stream of the event...


Like the new Xperia Z5 family? Prepare to pony up the big bucks then. Sony's online stores in Europe along with Amazon and others have started putting up price tags, let's just say that 4K display is going to cost you. Keep in mind these are for SIM-free, 32GB phones and they are on pre-order for now. Shipping is set for early October. .atable tr:first-child td { width: 160px !important; text-align: center; font-size: 1em !important;} .atable td { text-align: center; vertical-align: middle; font-size: 1.5em; } .atable td:first-child { font-size: 1em !important; } Sony Xperia Z5 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Sony Mobile £600 £700 £550 Amazon UK £550 - £450 Clove UK £525 £630 £440 Sony Mobile €700 €800 €550 Amazon Germany €700 €800 €550 Sony Mobile €700 €800 €600 Sony Mobile €700 €800 €600 Sony Mobile €700 €800 €600 Sony Mobile €700 €800 €600 Saunalahti - -...


Acer kicked off the IFA 2015 press conferences and definitely went all out. The OEM unveiled an avalanche of new devices across most of its product branches, ranging from PC's and gaming hardware all the way to Android and Windows mobiles. The amount of new tech was so overwhelming that we are still catching up with our hands-on experiences.

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